Happy birthday Maximus, er, Russell Crowe!

April 7, 2015 2:47 PM

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It’s been 50 years since we’ve been blessed with the being that is Russell Crowe. And it’s been 15 years since we’ve been blessed with his signature character — Roman general turned gladiator, Maximus Decimus Meridius — in movie after movie, after movie.

Ever since Crowe’s Oscar-winning turn as Maximus in Gladiator, his filmography has seen its highs and lows, but they have one similarity: A lot of his characters are carbon copies of Maximus. This may sound like a criticism, but as Crowe (and constant collaborator Ridley Scott) probably knows, if it...

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